Facebook Will Soon Hide Likes And Reaction Counts On Posts

Posted: Sep 11 2019, 8:40pm CDT | by , in Technology News


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Facebook will soon hide likes and reaction counts on posts

Facebook users could soon say goodbye to one of the reasons why some users are on the platform.

Facebook could soon remove one of the most contested features that people have been butting heads about since the social media giant’s inception.

Jane Manchun Wong, a white hat hacker who is known for uncovering companies’ under-development features before they are released to the public, said in a blog post that Facebook is testing the idea of hiding like counts from posts on the News Feed.

Wong’s latest revelation follows her discovery of Instagram’s similar move that was later confirmed by some users of the Facebook-owned photo sharing platform. TechCrunch reported at the time that Instagram tested the update in seven countries including Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.

Most recently, Wong said that after reverse engineering the app, she discovered that Facebook has started prototyping the hidden like and reaction count feature in their Android app.

Wong uploaded some screenshots of her discovery, which only shows the list of Facebook users who reacted to a photo without displaying the like and reaction count.

“By hiding the like/reaction counts from anyone other than the post creator, users might feel less anxious about the perceived popularity of their content. Studies have shown that social media use may influence mental health, including leading to depression and anxiety,” Wong said, citing three studies.

Meanwhile, Wong reiterated that she does not work for Facebook.

“I do not work at Facebook or Instagram. I appreciate the feedback, but I can only spectate the unreleased features and I have no direct controls on Facebook’s product decisions,” she added.

It comes as Instagram users urged Wong to stop releasing Instagram’s hidden likes feature around the time when she announced the unreleased update.

Facebook has yet to make an announcement, but the move could be the social media behemoth's strategy to address growing criticisms over the way its platform impacts mental health.

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